Bonds officially appeals conviction

Barry Bonds has officially appealed his felony conviction on obstruction of justice.

An attorney for Bonds submitted the notice of appeal in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, six days after the seven-time MVP was sentenced to 30 days house arrest and probation for his evasive 2003 grand jury testimony in the BALCO steroids case.

"Defendant Barry Lamar Bonds hereby appeals from the judgement and sentence imposed by the court in this matter on December 16, 2011," read the letter signed by attorney Dennis P. Riordan.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston sentenced Bonds to house arrest, two years of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine last Friday.

The judgement in Bonds' more than four-year-old legal case was stayed pending the appeal.

He was originally indicted in November 2007, but an appeal over evidence and subsequent motions set the start date of his trial back several years to March.

Bonds, 47, owns some of the highest-profile records in baseball, including 73 home runs in 2001 with the Giants and 762 career homers.